Program Length

The length of your stay is entirely up to you – come for the day or stay 1, 2, 3  or more nights!

Recommended Grades

Grades 4-12


  • Millard Learning Centre
  • Mid-Island Protected Areas Network


Year round

Curriculum Topics

  • The role of environmental awareness and stewardship in outdoor recreation and conservation
  • First Peoples traditional practices and ecological knowledge related to activities in the local environment
  • Preparation for outdoor activities – Food, water, shelter
  • Strategies for adapting and responding to changing environmental conditions and emergencies
  • Group management, conflict resolution and leadership in outdoors settings

UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • 3- Good Health & Wellbeing
  • 15- Life on Land

Backpacking Journey

Hike across stunning ridges, along the mysterious Beaver Swamp and relax on Pebble Beach in a 10km backpacking journey through Galiano’s Mid-Island Protected Areas network. This active hike is a friendly challenge for those looking to introduce their students to backpacking and mountaineering.

Navigation and Orienteering

How do you put “Red Fred in the Shed”? Learn tips and tricks for compass navigation. Put your new navigation skills to the test in an orienteering challenge where you must find native medicinal and edible plants that will help you survive Galiano’s wilderness.

Knots and Shelters

Under the hole and through the loop – learn simple survival knots to build an A-frame or lean-to tarp shelter that will keep you warm and dry on the “wet” coast.

Wilderness Safety and First Aid

What first aid materials should you carry with you at all times in the backcountry? When and how should you extract a hurt hiker? How do you help someone with hypothermia? Learn the ABC’s of wilderness first aid by play-acting backcountry emergency scenarios. Maximize the safety of your backcountry campsite by identifying common forest hazards, like “Danger Trees”. Master slinging a food cache in a tree and compete to see who can do it the fastest.

Backcountry Cooking (Overnight Only)

Learn the dynamics of team-based food preparation in the outdoors and how to cook with compact, fuel-based cookstoves.

BONUS: GCA Camping Gear rentals included in all Overnight Backcountry Experience Programs


Costs per group for day and overnight programs

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How to get here, what to bring, how to prepare

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